It’s that time again ! Time to dust off the long rods and think about
getting out on the water for a little rod bending. We are starting to see
some good insect activity which means the dry fly bite is probably on by
the time you read this and can get your schedule together for a fishing
trip. For the next 45 days or so we will wading the upper Hiwassee and
Tellico rivers and its tribs, and drift fishing the lower Hiwassee, Toccoa,
and Holston river below Cherokee. We could also see some windows on the
Clinch river before long. For tasty morsels, we have a smorgasbord on the
way. The small stones are finishing up with small blue wings possible at
any time. The new fare consists of black caddis, and the beginning of the
Hendrickson hatch. The fish are definitely starting to look up.
The fishing forecast for east Tennessee couldn’t be better. We have enjoyed several years now of adequate moisture in the region. Although a pain for us to endure, the late cold weather in the area this year has helped to provide
us with good cold water for the spring and summer. All of the tailwaters are holding quality fish. Here are a few of our latest pics from recent trips. Call or email today and we can get you on the books.
Crisp air and smoking hot, reel burning trout. The fall bite is on ! As the
weather cools a bit and the days get shorter, the larger fish tend to make
themselves more available. The next few months will produce more large
fish that any other time of year. Just put on a sweater and a hat and lets
go get them . These photos are from a few of our trips during the last
month. These are not typical, and your results may vary. But this is what
we are going for now.
The streamer bite is very good and it is your best bet for one of the
beasts pictured. Calm afternoons are giving great Blue Wing hatches for
some smaller fish on dry flies.
November and December will a great time to get out and chase some trout
with holiday schedules and a little more time to sneak off from the grind
and make some memories happen.
The smoked chicken is always hot. Come and get your fish on. Don't forget
What a season ! What a year. The best fishing report is short on words and long on fish. The Hiwassee is incredible. Great flows and water temps at 56 degrees. Isonychia hatch has begun. Mainly dry fly fishing. Our other venues are also doing well.
We are looking forward to getting started on the Cumberland in August. Watch for those pics and reports.
We still have plenty of good dates available, next week and next month or beyond.
Call us, let's go fly fishing.
These photos are a glimpse of what we have been up to for the last couple of weeks. All from our guided trips on local waters. Looks like the weather really breaks starting in April, so it is time to dust off the fly poles, tie on a parachute, and hit the water. The Hiwassee river is fishing excellent. We will be doing a combination of float and wade trips here as flows indicate. Lots of fish numbers, Hendricksons starting, and some larger fish being released. The Toccoa river is much improved over past years with better fish numbers, fish size, and caddis already popping. The Hendricksons will be in April also. With the dam repair project in its second year after completion, I think we are good to go here. April and May should be awesome. I recall 10 years ago after a similar repair project at Blue Ridge and the fishing was off the chart. We are beginning to see some suitable flow rates on the Clinch river, especially on the weekends. This will always be a technical river to fish, but possibly very rewarding. You need your A game here with long casts and small flies. Kind of like a day at the Masters versus your local golf club. The Big Holston below Cherokee is ready to go too. TVA has Cherokee lake level where they want it, and flows are correct for our drift trips. I predict some of our larger rainbows of spring will come from the Holston.
Give us a shout and book those April and May dates, we can target whatever is best on your scheduled date. If you want guaranteed dates for floats on theupper Hiwassee in June and July, get those dates booked too, they are filling now.
As always – call anytime just to talk fishing. Dane.
John Thomason with a 20.5" Hiwassee River rainbow, caught on January 19, 2014. Book your trip now while we still have open dates. Give us a call and we will go fishing. 1-866-558-7688
Check out guide Bill Stranahan's 20" extra nice brown caught on the Toccoa River January 4th. What a great time of year for fly-fishing in southeast Tennessee.
October 1st marks the beginning of fall trout fishing in the Southeast....and we are dead on target ! The increased levels of fisheries management we are experiencing on the Hiwassee river coupled with a mild and wet year have put us in an exceptional position for this year's catch and release season. Current trips are producing healthy fish numbers with nice holdover browns and rainbows. As October rolls in and fall continues...it will only get better.
We have seen excellent hatches throughout the year and can't wait to start seeing the bugs of fall. October caddis, blue winged olives, and then the stoneflies will be prolific. We will have a great combination of nymph, streamer, and even dry fly fishing opportunities almost daily. We still have a great attractor bite on top now.
Fall and winter fishing on the Hiwassee river has become very special to us with dependable flows, mild weather, hot shore lunches, and an opportunity for the larger fish that tend to show themselves in the cooler weather.
With the holidays fast approaching, it is a great time to schedule fall fishing trips with friends and family and take advantage of some time off from work and school and spend a day on the river with us.
Don't delay....contact us today.
Hey folks ! Here is a big shout out to all of our fly fishing friends about our
upcoming adventure to Chilean Patagonia to chase big browns surface feeding on
the streams and lakes of the region. The Aysen region of Chile is known for its
big Cantaria beetle hatch that drives the trout nuts bringing them to the top
for these big morsels. The Cantaria hatch heavily every other year, and 2014
is the year of the heavy hatch. I have experienced this trip many times and the
beetle years are best.
This upcoming season we will be hosting the Cinco Rios Lodge in Coyhaique, Chile
for the week of Saturday - February 22nd to Saturday, March 1st. This is prime
SUMMERTIME dry fly trout fishing in southern Patagonia. This is truly the trip
of a lifetime.
If you have interest in joining us for the trip this season, just let me know
and we can discuss it in detail. Over the years I have fine tuned the trip and
travel arrangements and prepared detailed itineraries and pre-trip information
packets. I have a very nice e-brochure that I can send you. Just shoot me a line and I can share this information with you.
I have included a link to a recent video made at the lodge and on the waters we
fish there. It is very indicative of our trips with Cinco Rios. It is about 30
minutes long, so grab some popcorn and hang on to your rod. http://vimeo.com/63275962